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Neillsville woman faces nearly 90 years in prison for breaking into home, cutting owner with knife

Jackson County (WQOW) – A Neillsville woman is charged with a slew of charges after allegedly burglarizing a man’s home and cutting him with his own knife.

Wednesday, Sherri Fitzl was charged with eight counts – including armed robbery and burglary with a dangerous weapon.

According to the criminal complaint, the homeowner found Fitzl inside his town of Alma house on Friday. He said she had taken a variety of items – mostly Harley Davidson apparel and memorabilia.

When she was leaving, the man said she pulled out a stolen pocket knife and cut his hand.

When interviewed by police, Fitzl initially denied burglarizing the home, telling officers she had not left her residence, but does suffer from short-term memory loss. She eventually confessed to taking items from the home.

She said she did it because the homeowner gave her a key and told her to stop by at any time.

She returns to court in July. If convicted on all charges she faces a maximum penalty of nearly 90 years in prison.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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